Best Recipes to Celebrate Juneteenth

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If you’re not too familiar with the Juneteenth holiday, don’t worry you’re probably not alone. Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, it took another two years before African American slaves in Galveston, Texas were finally freed.

Juneteenth was recently declared a United States federal holiday in 2021, but some states like Texas have been recognizing this holiday for decades. Now communities all over the country are celebrating this significant moment in history!

Collage of BBQ and Soul Food type recipes with Best Juneteenth Recipes title in the center.

Juneteenth is often celebrated with festivals, cookouts, family gatherings and of course good food. Traditionally red foods are enjoyed on this day to symbolize the resilience of enslaved people. But often times people simply celebrate by enjoying classic barbecue recipes and soul food dishes.

So to help you celebrate Juneteenth this year with your family and friends, here are some of our best classic BBQ and Southern recipes!

Classic Southern Potato Salad

Classic Southern Style Potato Salad

overhead view of a a bowl full of potato salad with celery, relish and eggs on the sides
This classic Southern Style Potato Salad uses both mustard and mayonnaise for a super flavorful dressing that is rich, tangy, and creamy.
4.92 from 12 votes
$5.56 recipe / $0.70 serving Get the Recipe

We’re starting things off with a very popular BBQ side dish that’s perfect for family gatherings and cookouts. Classic Southern Style Potato Salad is creamy, tangy and always a crowd favorite!

Baked Beans

Baked Beans

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These baked beans combine the simplicity of canned beans with bacon and a sweet, smoky, and tangy homemade BBQ sauce.
4.86 from 7 votes
$7.56 recipe / $0.76 serving Get the Recipe

Make sure you add a good heaping serving of these homemade Baked Beans to your plate at your Juneteenth cookout. They’re rich, sweet, smoky and flavored with bacon and a simple homemade BBQ sauce.

Easy Creamy Coleslaw

Easy Creamy Coleslaw

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This classic sweet and tangy homemade coleslaw recipe is perfect for piling onto pulled pork sandwiches or serving as a side with dinner.
4.84 from 6 votes
$1.63 recipe / $0.41 serving Get the Recipe

If you’ve never made your own homemade coleslaw you’re definitely missing out! We’ve got an Easy Creamy Coleslaw recipe that has a simple dressing with the perfect crunch!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Three pulled pork sandwiches with pickles on a wooden cutting board.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is an easy way to cook the most tender and juicy pork ever. It's great on tacos, sandwiches, burritos and more.
4.45 from 9 votes
$9.48 recipe / $1.19 serving Get the Recipe

No grill needed for this mouth-watering, tender Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. The pulled pork can easily be made in a slow cooker and you can serve it as a sandwich or if you’re like me – just eaten by itself!



Overhead view of a skillet full of soccotash.
Succotash is a simple and colorful side dish made with corn and lima beans that is savory, subtly sweet, and full of delicious flavor.
5 from 3 votes
$5.46 recipe / $0.55 serving Get the Recipe

Succotash is a quick and easy side dish with lots of colorful veggies and a simple butter sauce.

Louisiana Style Red Beans And Rice

Louisiana Style Red Beans and Rice with Sausage

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Classic Louisiana style red beans and rice are a naturally budget friendly meal that will give you leftovers for days! Freezer friendly!
4.49 from 138 votes
$9.75 recipe / $1.63 serving Get the Recipe

Red foods and drinks are a symbolic part of Juneteenth celebrations and these Louisiana Style Red Beans and Rice would be perfect for the menu. It’s rich, flavorful, very filling and a classic comfort food.

BAKED Chicken Wings

Baked Chicken Wings

A platter full of baked chicken wings, celery, and two dipping sauces
These delicious and crispy baked chicken wings are easy enough for even inexperienced cooks, and are the perfect snack for game day.
5 from 9 votes
$10.35 recipe / $3.45 serving Get the Recipe

Chicken wings are always great to have at celebrations and family get-togethers. These Baked Chicken Wings are simple to make, crispy and they taste great with your favorite chicken wing sauce.

Super Fresh Cucumber Tomato Salad

Super Fresh Cucumber Tomato Salad

Super Fresh Salad is a cold, crunchy, juicy mix of flavorful vegetables topped with a simple red wine and oregano vinaigrette.
Super Fresh Cucumber Salad is a cold, crunchy, juicy mix of flavorful vegetables topped with a simple red wine and oregano vinaigrette.
4.93 from 40 votes
$7.30 recipe / $1.22 serving Get the Recipe

I don’t know about you, but some type of simple salad is always served at my family cookouts. This Cucumber Tomato Salad is the perfect choice! It’s fresh, juicy and made with a simple red wine vinaigrette.

Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

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These Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are a fast, easy, and delicious way to satisfy your BBQ craving. No grill needed! Perfect for busy weeknights.
5 from 8 votes
$7.04 recipe / $1.76 serving Get the Recipe

Making these Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are another great option when you don’t have access to a grill. Slap some of our creamy coleslaw on these Chicken Sandwiches and you’ll have a really delicious and satisfying meat option for the cookout!


Nashville Hot Deviled Eggs

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Nashville Hot Deviled Eggs are seasoned with a fiery spice blend and pepper sauce for a smoking hot appetizer that's a total breeze to prepare!
5 from 1 vote
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Deviled eggs always seems to be on the menu at every family potluck or cookout that I go to, but these Nashville Hot Deviled Eggs are next level! They’re a fun twist on the classic recipe…and yes they’re seriously hot!

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

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Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, Air Fryer Fried Chicken delivers loads of texture and flavor without the fuss of deep frying.
5 from 6 votes
$10.28 recipe / $1.03 serving Get the Recipe

Now we all know fried chicken is wayyy better when it’s made at home and it’s definitely a favorite at cookouts and family potluck dinners. This Air Fryer Fried Chicken still gives you that crispy, golden skin with juicy chicken on the inside and it tastes great with all of those delicious sides.

Baked Mac And Cheese

Baked Mac and Cheese

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Baked mac and cheese is an extra rich and cheesy pasta casserole that is baked to perfection with a buttery and crunchy topping.
4.15 from 7 votes
$6.16 recipe / $1.03 serving Get the Recipe

I’m pretty sure this Baked Mac and Cheese will be the star at your Juneteenth BBQ. It’s a staple soul food side dish and if you want more of that cheesy goodness with a crunchy flavorful topping then baked mac and cheese is the way to go!

Collard Greens

Collard Greens

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Collard Greens are an easy and delicious side dish that is a great way to use up leftover ham bones or a smoked ham hock.
4.67 from 6 votes
$5.92 recipe / $0.99 serving Get the Recipe

Collard Greens are a classic southern side dish and are perfect to add to the Juneteenth menu. This recipe includes smoked ham hock, chicken broth and lots of aromatics an spices!

Easy Homemade Cornbread

Easy Homemade Cornbread Recipe

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Toss that boxed mix and make this fast and Easy Homemade Cornbread, which makes a great side dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! 
4.63 from 124 votes
$1.51 recipe / $0.19 serving Get the Recipe

This Easy Homemade Cornbread is deliciously sweet, moist and it only uses a few pantry staple ingredients. It always makes the perfect side to go with collard greens or any type of slow cooked beans to help soak up all of that good flavor on your plate.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Overhead shot of sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows in a white casserole dish.
Sweet potato casserole is a Southern holiday classic with its sweet and rich mashed sweet potatoes and gooey marshmallow topping.
5 from 6 votes
$5.94 recipe / $0.74 serving Get the Recipe

I’ll spare you all the details behind how much I love sweet potatoes, but Sweet Potato Casserole is a classic southern recipe that will be perfect to serve for this year’s Juneteenth celebrations!

Oven Roasted Corn With Honey Chili Butter

Oven Roasted Corn with Honey Chili Butter

Oven roasted corn on a tray, partially shucked, with a bowl of honey chili butter
Super sweet and juicy oven-roasted corn slathered with sweet and spicy honey chili butter is a true summer treat.
5 from 6 votes
$1.75 recipe / $0.44 serving Get the Recipe

Fresh summer sweet corn is in season so grab a few ears at your local store and make this super simple Oven Roasted Corn with Honey Chili Butter as a great option at your family cookout. And if you are going to be firing up the grill, you can easily make fresh grilled corn as well.

Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake

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Texas Sheet Cake might be the ultimate chocolate cake. It's incredibly easy to make and has a luscious buttery richness with a pure chocolate punch!
5 from 4 votes
$11.27 recipe / $0.75 serving Get the Recipe

Wanna add something sweet to the cookout menu but without a lot of fuss? This homemade Texas Sheet Cake would be perfect! It’s surprisingly simple to make and it’s perfect for feeding a crowd!

Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding

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This easy, creamy banana pudding recipe has layers of vanilla wafers, bananas & pudding. A Southern classic dessert, perfect for potlucks & gatherings.
5 from 3 votes
$4.91 recipe / $1.23 serving Get the Recipe

I mean is there any other classic southern dessert that’s better than Banana Pudding? That’s a rhetorical question friends because there is nothing better than a super easy dessert made with creamy vanilla pudding, fresh fruit, crunchy cookies and sometimes finished with a little whipped cream on top for a little extra pizzazz!

No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

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Looking for an easy, budget-friendly, dessert to help beat the summer heat? This delicious no-churn strawberry ice cream recipe is a winner!
4.85 from 13 votes
$6.60 recipe / $0.94 serving Get the Recipe

We wanted to finish our list with a few red color delicious desserts like this No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream. Making homemade ice cream is surprisingly easy to do and doesn’t require a fancy appliance. And the result is creamy, velvety smooth ice cream with our choice of seasonal fresh strawberries mixed in.

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake for Two

Two jars of no bake strawberry cheesecake side by side with whole strawberries on the side
This No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake is the perfect small batch dessert for Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day, or any day the cheesecake craving hits!
5 from 9 votes
$3.68 recipe / $1.84 serving Get the Recipe

We’re sure you all will be busy cooking and preparing your other dishes for your family cookout, so if you want a really easy and fresh dessert option make this No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake recipe. It can be made in a small batch or scaled to make a larger serving for a bigger family gatherings.

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